« EVE » OR « THE SNAKE CHARMER » BY JEF LAMBEAUX
Description : Is this an unusual representation of Eve who is possibly holding the apple in her right hand, with the aid of the Paradisiacal snake at her feet? Jef Lambeaux called this new ode to the feminine nude La Charmeuse de serpents (The snake charmer). The daring writhing of the rising snake is no doubt a sculptural stunt, but the representation of the soft skin of this beautifully built woman equals this achievement.
The belgian sculptor Jeff Lambeaux (1852 – 1908)
Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908), an exceptionally energetic Belgian sculptor of the late 19th century, stands out for his remarkable and unique artistic practice. His oeuvre displays originality and singularity, setting him apart from his contemporaries. Lambeaux’s works, both dynamic bronze battle scenes and monumental marble sculptures, often sparked diverse reactions due to their aesthetic and ethical impact. His career was marked by numerous sculptures, including depictions of youthful women and expressive busts of notable figures. With over 150 estimated works, his legacy lives on in Belgian museums, particularly in Brussels and Antwerp, with key pieces like « The Kiss » and the « Brabo Fountain » earning him widespread recognition during his lifetime.
Material : White Carrara marble
Height : 106 cm.
Period : Belgium, ca. 1890.